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It’s Official: The Roots Will Be Jimmy Fallon’s Backup Band

by Winston "Stone" Ford

At first I didn’t want to believe it, but unfortunately its true. The Roots will back the horribly unfunny Jimmy Fallon when he takes over Conan’s spot in 2009.

On the bright side, Americans–many for the first time– will get to see The Roots on their televisions 5 nights a week. Of course, this exposure might give the Philly band some due notoriety. However, can you see Black Thought becoming some annoying Paul Schaffer-like sidekick? Could you see Questlove being the Branford Marsalis of our generation, laughing aimlessly at Jimmy Fallon’s jokes?

Shudder.

It does give me a new reason to tune in DVR this show, but they better come strong in the first few episodes or it will be deleted.